I'm Ashton, and I'll be starting my northbound thru hike of the AT in March 2018. I live in Madison, Wisconsin, and this past year, I've been everything from sailing instructor, to biology TA, to barista. I usually spend my summers in a boat or on a bike, but this year I'm excited to tackle some mountains instead.
I'm behind with blogging. This blog will cover my time from the end of the Smokies to entering Damascus. In reality, I left Damascus over a week ago.
Most of the thru-hikers I've talked to were not huge fans of the Smokies. The requirement to stay in the shelters makes it hard to plan reasonable
I'm almost three weeks into my hike, and taking my first zero at Fontana Lodge. Tomorrow I'll be entering Great Smoky Mountain National Park. In
Today is day nine on the trail, and I'm almost out of Georgia. It somehow feels like I've been here forever and like it's been no time at all. I
I have less than a week to go until my start date, and I'm doing everything I can to try to make the start of my hike go smoothly. So far, that
This time last year, I had never been on an overnight backpacking trip. It was about that time that I also decided to hike the Appalachian Trail,
Time is flying by, and in almost exactly two months, I’ll be starting my thru hike on the Appalachian Trail. It seems crazy to me that it’s this